Steve Mason exits in 3rd period of Flyers-Devils with cramps

Steve Mason exits in 3rd period of Flyers-Devils with cramps

Updated: 10:54 p.m.

NEWARK, N.J. -- When it rains, it pours.

With the Flyers trailing to the hapless Devils, 3-2, early in the third period Thursday at the Prudential Center, goalie Steve Mason injured himself trying to stop a breakaway goal by forward Taylor Hall.

After the game -- an eventual 6-2 defeat -- Mason was diagnosed with cramps. He'll be further evaluated on Friday.

Mason went to a full split but was unsuccessful in the save attempt on Hall. He stayed down on the ice face-first before eventually rising to one knee once attended to by a team trainer.

After a few minutes of evaluation, Mason was taken out for backup Michal Neuvirth. Mason skated off the ice with the staff member by his side.

The impending unrestricted free agent has started eight of the last nine games. 

The Flyers don't play again until Sunday.

"Hopefully he's back for us because he's been playing good," Brayden Schenn said.

Hall went in on Mason untouched and beat him with a bevy of moves. The free look was a result of a loose puck squirting past defensemen Nick Schultz and Shayne Gostisbehere along the side boards.

"That fourth goal, it's one we can't give up," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "I won't get into the particulars on it, but that put us in a pretty deep hole."

Mason allowed four goals on 23 shots in 41:29 ice time. He's had no luck against New Jersey in his career, the only team he hasn't beaten. Coming in, Mason was 0-8-0 with a 3.77 goals-against average and .854 save percentage in 10 lifetime matchups with the Devils.

Flyers begin 2017-18 season out West, face Vegas for 1st time in February

Flyers begin 2017-18 season out West, face Vegas for 1st time in February

For the second straight year, the Flyers are beginning the season out West.

The NHL on Thursday released its 2017-18 schedule and as reported Wednesday, the Flyers open the season in San Jose on Oct. 4 as part of a four-game road trip that includes games in Los Angeles, Anaheim and concludes in Nashville on Oct. 10.

They'll return home on Oct. 14 for their home opener against the Washington Capitals that kickstarts a five-game homestand (see story). The Flyers will host the Islanders on Black Friday.

Flyers fans will have to wait a while for their first taste of the Vegas Golden Knights. The Flyers will face the Golden Knights for the first time on Feb. 11 in Vegas.

Vegas comes to Philadelphia on March 12. The Flyers and Golden Knights play just twice this season.

The Flyers will end the season at home against the New York Rangers.

You can see the Flyers' full schedule here.

NHL Notes: Oilers trade Jordan Eberle to Islanders

NHL Notes: Oilers trade Jordan Eberle to Islanders

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Ryan Strome.

Eberle has 165 goals and 217 assists over 507 career NHL games, all with Edmonton. He has scored at least 20 goals in each of the past four seasons, and had a career-high 34 in 2011-12.

The Oilers selected Eberle with the 22nd-overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft.

Strome was selected fifth overall by the Islanders in 2011. He has 45 goals and 81 assists in 258 career games with the Isles (see full story).

Panthers: Former Flyer Pronger added to front office
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Former NHL MVP Chris Pronger has joined the Florida Panthers' front office as a senior adviser to team president Dale Tallon.

Pronger played in five All-Star games, represented Canada in the Olympics four times, won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim and appeared in 1,167 regular-season games with five clubs.

The 42-year-old Pronger joins the Panthers after almost three years in the NHL's department of player safety. He joined the league office in October 2014.

The Hall of Fame defenseman's contract expired after this season. He hasn't played in an NHL game since 2012 because of post-concussion symptoms. He got a stick to the eye, which ended his playing career. Philadelphia traded his contract to Arizona in the summer of 2015 (see full story).